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Moving to Italy

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Italy is a southern country with a rich culture and immense history that always attracted those who want to change their lives for the better. If you are also one of the people planning to move to Italy, then we offer you our guide on how to move to Italy and what you need to know before packing.

It does not matter if you are moving to Italy for a job, to open a business or receive an education in one of the Italian universities, it is crucial to understand all the import regulations and prohibitions to avoid trouble from the beginning. We will explain how to make moving to Italy as smooth and efficient as possible.

Moving to Italy by Sea Freight

The most affordable way to move household goods to Italy is via Sea freight. The sea freight shipping method provides multiple options to relocate your possessions safely overseas depending on your needs. Consider the following choices when moving to Italy:

Moving to Italy by Air Freight

The fastest way to move to Italy is by Air Freight. Your household goods will be available for your use in a matter of days in case you urgently need them. As shipping by Air Freight is at a more expensive rate when compared with sea freight shipments, it works best for low-volume or lightweight cargo.

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Sole Use Container
Shared Container

If you are planning a move to Italy with all of your household belongings, it is best to use the full container load shipping method. The FCL refers to your belongings being transported in your one personal container, which only you have access to. It is a great option if you transport some luxury or high-value possessions.

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

The shared container shipping method is a perfect way to move to Italy only necessary and low-volume items. The is refers to an overseas cargo that consists of multiple shipments gathered to be transported to the same destination or area. In case you do not require a personal container when moving to italy, consider the following two options:

Groupage Shipping

When moving to Italy using groupage shipping, your items will be collected by the international moving company and put in storage to be sent when there will be enough small cargo to fill one full container. Although the whole process will take more time, all the shipping costs will be split by the customers.

LCL shipping

Whenever groupage shipping is not available for your relocation destination or you need your items to be delivered faster, we recommend using Less than Container Load. The international moving company will craft a custom wooden crate in which your items will be shipped being passed it on to a freight forwarder.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to Italy if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in Italy in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Italy:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

Consider the next two services when moving to Italy:

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Door to Port

Choose a door-to-port relocation service whenever you desire to have more control over the shipment when moving to Italy. In this case, the international moving company will disassemble and pack your items to be shipped to Italy after which the goods will be under your overview.

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Door to Door

Shipping household goods using door-to-door service is the most convenient and stress-free way to move to Italy. The international moving company will arrange the packing and shipment of your items as well as deliver them to your new home in Italy.

Moving household goods to Italy

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to Italy
Moving Pets to Italy
Electronics in Italy

Customs Regulations

  1. When moving to Italy, as a standard practice, all the used household goods are granted duty-free entry and cars
  2. The customer/shipper might not be required to be present during the customs clearance if all the documents and permits are available prior to the shipment’s arrival
  3. VAT tax of 25% will be charged if required documents are not provided

Restricted and Dutiable Items

Non-EU citizens moving to Italy may import duty-free the following items( over 17 y.o) in personal luggage:

  1. 200 cigarettes / 100 cigarillos ( max. 3 grams each) / 50 cigars / 250g of tobacco ( may combine but not exceed the total limit when travelling by air or sea)
  2. 40 cigarettes / 20 cigarillos / 10 cigars / 50g of tobacco ( may combine but not exceed the total limit when travelling by land)
  3. 4 L of wine and 16 L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22$ volume / 2 L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume ( may combine but not exceed the total limit)
  4. Other goods valued up to $430 ( air and sea travellers) and $300 for other travellers
  5. Electrical appliances must be listed with the serial number, trademark and date of purchase (TV, radio, video record, etc). Proof of purchase might be required

Prohibited Items

  1. Food items
  2. Unlicensed firearms and weapons
  3. Counterfeit goods
  4. Animal Products
  5. Drugs and narcotics
  6. Plants and plant products
  7. Non-prescribed medicines and drugs
  8. Cordless electronics and walkie-talkies
  9. Cultural artifacts (must be accompanied by an export licence)

Shipping a Car to Italy

The vehicle imported to Italy will be duty-free if the owner can prove that the vehicle is for personal use only and the owner lived abroad for more than 12 months. The vehicle must comply with European import standards.

Required documents:

  1. The Owner’s Passport (copy of 2 first pages)
  2. Italian fiscal code (copy)
  3. Original Title ( for a duty-free entrance the car must be owned by the shipper for no less than 6 months)
  4. Original Bill of Lading
  5. Technical Datasheets (by manufacturer)
  6. Original Registration
  7. Valid insurance to drive in Italy
  8. Certificate of Residence/Consular documents
  9. Copy of Diplomatic Franchise/Telespresso address to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued by shipper’s diplomatic organization in Italy (Diplomats only)

Moving Pets to Italy

If you plan to move your pets to Italy you must familiarize yourself with the following obligations and requirements:

  1. Pet must be over 3 months old
  2. Pet must be microchipped or tattooed ( by ISO-11784 standards)
  3. Approved for travel per carrier/container
  4. Maximum of 5 pets per passenger

Electronics in Italy

Before packing to move to Italy, check whether your electrical goods and compliances would work. Italy has a C/F/L plug type with a single-phase 230v voltage power. For example, electronics imported to Italy from Canada would not work.

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into Italy. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border Italy Website

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Customs Forms for Importing Household Goods (In Italian)
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Other Italian Customs Forms

How We Work

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Fine Art Moving
Crating & Taxidermy
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing

Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Joanne Peddle

The team at Hercules are amazing! I used them to move my 4 bedroom home and everything went very well. These guys are incredible, they never stopped and where so careful with everything. Thanks so much for making my move fantastic!!!!

Thank you very much, Hercules moving company for your hard work, great service and fast delivery. We greatly appreciate it and would recommend your services to anyone looking to move!

I recently had a packing and moving with Hercules! Excellent customer service, polite and everything on time! Michael and his team did a wonderful job and I am very glad I planned my move with this company! Highly recommend!

Good job. Guys were very pleasant and fast. Everything was clear, no hidden fees. They met all my request.

I am highly impressed by the moving company Hercules! A team of 3 men brought a piano up from the basement of my house, up 9 steps, then through a tight corner and up 3 more steps. The moment they stepped in my house, I noticed their professionalism. From preparation and organization to floor/stairs protection, team work and moving techniques, it was excellent. Not a scratch! I have very high standards, I'm actually fussy and not easily impressed, but today I was delighted to see exceptional work. I highly recommend Hercules Markham movers for any moving services!

Leandro Baldassarre

They showed up on time and worked ultra quick. We had a lot of sensitive equipment and they took extra care to ensure it was all moved safely. I highly recommend them for any commercial move.

I was very happy with Hercules and the way they handled my piano move. After a mixup with the original moving company I hired to move a piano just before Christmas, I contacted Hercules. They were able to schedule me The following Tuesday. Unfortunately the Tuesday became Wednesday, due to an illness with one of the movers. George contacted me on Monday to let me know, rather than Tuesday morning, which I appreciated. The movers arrived within the timeframe I was given and moved the piano both efficiently and professionally. I definitely recommend them they are the best Burlington movers in Simcoe County.

Esther Katz

The Barrie movers arrived on time and impressed me with their friendly and polite demeanour. They completed the move professionally, taking care to pack and protect each of the items to be moved. I was very pleased with the job that was done. I would heartily recommend them for everyone in Ontario.

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